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BOOK BY THREE-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE RICK ELICE
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PIGPEN THEATRE CO.
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SARA GRUEN
DIRECTION BY JESSICA STONE
FEATURING STAN BROWN, JOE DE PAUL, BRYAN FENKART, SARAH GETTELFINGER, HARRY GROENER, ISABELLE MCCALLA, WADE MCCOLLUM, AND RYAN VASQUEZ
THE COCA-COLA STAGE AT ALLIANCE THEATRE, JUNE 7 – JULY 9
ATLANTA, March 22, 2023 — The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce the cast and creative team of its world premiere musical, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. Based on the critically acclaimed and best-selling novel,WATER FOR ELEPHANTS takes audiences on an adventure filled with romance, deception, and a little bit of magic. This moving story of finding where you belong will have its world premiere on The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre June 7 – July 9, 2023.
“WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is a story about fragility, resilience and love; all set amidst a depression era traveling circus,” said Director Jessica Stone. “What excites me most about the production is the opportunity to, quite literally, get it off the page and into the air. We have gathered an incredible group of storytellers, from circus artists to puppeteers, to do just that. We can’t wait to see you, Atlanta!”
The cast of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS includes Stan Brown as Camel, Joe De Paul as Walter, Bryan Fenkart (Waitress) as August, Sara Gettelfinger (A Free Man of Color, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Barbara, Tony Award nominee Harry Groener (Crazy for You,Spamalot) as Mr. Jankowski, Isabelle McCalla (The Prom, Aladdin) as Marlena, Wade McCollum (Wicked, My Fair Lady) as Wade, and Ryan Vasquez (Hamilton, The Wrong Man) as Jacob.
The ensemble includes Brandon Block, Antoine Boissereau, Paul Castree, Taylor Colleton, Isabella Luisa Diaz, Gabrielle Elisabeth, Keaton Hentoff-Killian, Nicolas Jelmoni, Caroline Kane, Joel Malkoff, Michael Mendez, Jo’Nathan Michael, Gabriel Olivera De Paula Costa, Samuel Renaud, Marissa Rosen, Alexandra Gaelle Royer, Sean Stack, Matthew Varvar,and Michelle West.
The WATER FOR ELEPHANTS creative team is led by Director Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo). The musical’s book is by three-time Tony Award nomineeRick Elice (Jersey Boys), with music & lyrics by the groundbreaking theater-makers, PigPen Theatre Co. (The Tale of Despereaux).
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will feature circus design by Shana Carroll (Cirque du Soleil Paramour), choreography by Jesse Robb (Miss Saigon) and Shana Carroll, scenic design by Takeshi Kata (Clyde’s), costume design by David Israel Reynoso (Sleep No More), lighting design by Tony Award winner Bradley King (Flying Over Sunset, Hadestown, Fat Ham), sound design by Tony Award winner Jessica Paz (A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical, Hadestown), projections by David Bengali (1776, Beetlejuice), puppetry design by Camille Labarre (Into the Woods), rigging design by Danny Zen, music supervision and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Some Like It Hot, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Prom) and Benedict Braxton-Smith (Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls), music direction by Matt Hinkley (Bandstand),orchestrations by Daryl Waters (Memphis), associate direction by Ryan Emmons (Kimberly Akimbo),production stage management by Timothy R. Semon(Company) and casting in association with Tara Rubin Casting.
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will have its world premiere on The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre June 7 – July 9, 2023. Opening Night is Friday, June 16, 2023, 8:00 p.m. Tickets for WATER FOR ELEPHANTS are available now at www.alliancetheatre.org/waterforelephants.
The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre
Woodruff Arts Center, Memorial Arts Building
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is part of the Alliance Series presented by The Coca-Cola Company.
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is presented by Invesco QQQ.
Additional Support for WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is provided by King & Spalding and Graphic Packaging.
CALENDAR LISTING SYNOPSIS:
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (World Premiere Musical)
June 7 – July 9, 2023
The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre
Book by Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.
Based on the novel by Sara Gruen
Directed by Jessica Stone
Based on the critically acclaimed and best-selling novel, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS takes you on an adventure filled with romance, deception, and a little bit of magic, all under the big top of a traveling circus. Running towards a new life, Jacob Jankowski hitches a ride on a mysterious train. He finds himself in the heart of a traveling circus, the Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show On Earth, with a new job, a new home, and a new family. When charismatic ringmaster August brings Rosie the elephant on as the new star attraction, Jacob and August’s wife Marlena join forces to train her. As Jacob and Marlena’s shared compassion develops into love, August’s cruel nature surfaces, threatening to derail Jacob’s life once more.
Brought to theatrical life by an internationally acclaimed and innovative creative team, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will reignite your dreams of running away with the circus. This world premiere musical is directed by Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo), with a book by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher), and a score by the award-winning PigPen Theatre Co. This adventure of love, family and belonging speaks to us all.
Tickets and information are available now atwww.alliancetheatre.org/waterforelephants.